Mo says Becks won't play

GEORGE GROSS -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:40 AM ET

David Beckham, the $250-million US soccer star, will not play for the Los Angeles Galaxy against the Toronto FC at an already sold-out BMO Field on Sunday.

The news came from Mo Johnston, head coach of the Toronto team, as he observed a practice game between his club's "B" team and a team of local players yesterday.

"No, David will not be playing on Sunday," said Johnston, without going into details.

The team's general manager, Paul Beirne, shared his coach's opinion, but offered no further comment about Beckham's ankle injury.

There remains a chance that the celebrated soccer ace will appear in Toronto to meet the press and greet the fans at BMO Field.

In fact, he might even put on the Galaxy uniform for the crowd, but he is not expected to play.

Beckham twisted his ankle on June 6 during England's 3-0 win over Estonia in a European championship qualifier.

He aggravated the injury 11 days later while playing in a game for Real Madrid. Beckham has not practised since, although he did appear on the field for 16 minutes during a 1-0 Galaxy exhibition loss to Chelsea on July 21.

Meanwhile, Toronto F.C. issued a press release late yesterday, warning fans there would be no refunds on tickets should Beckham not compete.

"Consistent with all sporting events, we are not in a position to guarantee that any player will appear in a match," the release said. "As with any other player under contract with either club participating in the game, should Mr. Beckham be unable to play in the game no refunds will be issued for tickets purchased.

"Fans should be aware that Mr. Beckham has been rehabilitating an injury. His status for Sunday's game has not been determined by the Galaxy at this time."


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